Just Sunday - Edition #1

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Hey there! I am so excited to start a new feature called Just Sunday!

Which will appear a couple times a month on…you guessed it! Sunday

It will be a roundup of some of my favorite finds around the web. It might be design related but also just things that have caught my eye, that I want to try, have tried or someone recommended.

I want it to be fun, inspirational, perspirational aka a DIY project or something for rejuvenation of your mind or body.

Are you ready for the first edition? Let’s go!


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I grew up with this Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. This plaid cover is a part of my child and adult life. And this cookbook above, is the second one I’ve gone through. The first one had a soft cover and over the years started falling apart, pages coming out from the binding and Eggs Benedict would be in with Cream Cheese Frosting. So I got this updated hardcover version.

Don’t get me wrong…I’ve got Pinterest boards for recipes from clean eating and Keto to yummy desserts . Plus other cookbooks up the wazoo I love, but if I want just some good old fashioned information; chances are it’s in this book.

One of my favorite recipes that I love to make in the Summer when fruit is the very meaning of Summer, is a Fruit Crisp. Peach, Nectarine or Berry…all favorites.

I love it even more than pie

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Hello! A crisp has oatmeal in it…and fruit. I call that fair game for breakfast


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I mean…c’mon. Doesn’t this look amazing? I’m going to share the recipe that I use from the 10th Edition of the Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book below. But you know what? I’m also going to tell you how I make it, at least in my mind, lip smacking delicious. Ready?

I double the yummy, crunchy topping!

And for the spices? I use Cinnamon and Allspice.

Yep…You’re Welcome.

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So if you want to make this breakfast, I mean dessert recipe, for your own taste of summer

here it is. Let me know how it turns out and if you doubled up on the topping!

And now, here’s a few things from around the web I wanted to share …

Given how hot it’s been this week…I would love to visit these Natural Swimming Holes from around the world.

This topiary using a wire coat hanger and an ivy plant

I’m going to try my hand at homemade pickles…this recipe for Spicy Garlic Dill Refrigerator Pickles sounds yummy!

You may not be using your fire pit that much this Summer but here are 35 different fire pit designs to inspire you for when the weather turns a little cooler.

By Design,

Michele

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Happy Birthday America! Inspiration RoundUp And paTriotic Playlist

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Happy 243rd birthday America!

Summer is in full swing and July 4th is always a highlight. It is such a part of the fabric of our Nation.

BBQ’s will be fired up, horseshoes and corn hole showdowns will be happening, parades celebrating life in America in big and small towns and of course, fireworks to finish it all off with a bang!

O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain
For purple mountain majesties, above the fruited plain

However you celebrate the birth of our great country, there are so many ways to set the scene and show off your decor skills, from simple to elaborate depending on how, when and where you’re hanging out.

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I set this table with a little help from Targets One Spot and some things I already had. You can get an easy patriotic look just by adding some small flags from the Dollar store to plant pots you already have. A chalk pen and some kind of chalkboard gives you a creative way to greet or guide guests. The chalkboard clothing pin stars are clipped onto linen napkins from Magnolias Hearth and Home line. The succulents I planted in little metal buckets that were $1 each. So easy.

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And now, here’s some 4th inspiration that I found out there in the world wide web to spark that patriotic creativity.

Like this cute wreathe made from Tulle…

These fruit filled ice cubes that would be amazing in sparkling water like La Croix or some Sangria!

These watermelon cut into stars…

America, America, God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea

This year we are roadtrippin’ to North Dakota for a family 4th of July and reunion. My mom is from North Dakota, and as kids we went back every couple of years in the summer from California, for this very same celebration at my Aunts farm.

Along with myself and youngest daughter, my brother and his family, and one of my sisters are hitting the road with my mom for a reunion, years in the making!

Taking in the sights and scenery along the way and ending up in Bismarck, ND for the 4th!

Going to make for some tired behinds but creating some of those lifetime memories makes it so worth it.

In keeping with the patriotic holiday spirit, here’s a little playlist I created to celebrate America…some sweet songs to go with the hotdogs and fireworks 🧨 👇🏼

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Enjoy a happy and safe holiday!

by design,

Michele

One Room Challenge - Week Six...It's Reveal Time!

 
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I said it in my IG post and I’ll say it again. If you want six weeks to fly by…just sign up to do the One Room Challenge. Six weeks for Designers and Bloggers to complete a room transformation.

Willingly!

So that means no procrastinating. No thinking that you’ll get to it when you feel like it. No excuses.

Which if I’m being honest?

Works perfectly for me. I might just keep signing up and I’ll get my whole house done.

Please don’t tell John I said that…ssshhhhh!

This is going to be a longer than normal post with lots of pictures, so depending on what time of day you’re reading this; grab your beverage of choice and lets see where this whole thing started.

You can catch up with the previous weeks progress below:

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5

To refresh your memory , here is the backstory and some Before pics…

(you didn’t think we were going right to the Reveal photos did you?)

This room had been our youngest daughters bedroom and had become a catchall for random things since she moved to SoCal to go to school over three years ago, and now lives there. There were still some of her things, like books, some furniture and even a couple Little Mermaid figurines that didn’t make the move with her.

We are creating our empty nest so time for the Marie Kondo treatment and an update.

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Here it is, partially cleared and paint swatches on the wall.

An IKEA ad kept coming through my social media feed with a duvet cover on it (If your listening IKEA, your ad placement is working).

I love Ginkgo trees and it had the leaves in coral, navy and a sagey mint that make my heart beat faster. I also was crushing on a stencil from @cuttingedgestencils of a Ginkgo leaf.

Coincidence…I think not!

It was a natural to use the duvet as my color inspiration in the mid-century boho vibe that I love.

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Here is how the Inspiration Board looked.

And we’re doing this on a budget.

So… there were some DIY projects, some re-purposing, some thrift store shopping, along with some new purchases.

Beginning at IKEA.

My daughter went with me and we made the two hour trek.

I needed to see the duvet in person see if the colors read the same as online.

I purchased the duvet, an insert, a ledge shelf for over the bed, the two sconces, prints and frames.

The headboard and chair are from Target.

The fan from Lowes and the new blind is from Home Depot.

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The walls were painted Swiss Coffee by Behr from Home Depot and Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore.

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This picture will really make you appreciate the After pics!

The book case was given a makeover and my little thrift store stool was repainted.

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So do you want to see the finished Guest Room?

You’ve been very patient…

Ok. I hope you like it!

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We replaced the fan with an updated version. I wanted to have a cute light fixture but this room faces West and gets really warm in the summer. Function should come first in design, so fan it is.

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This little mid-century gem I ordered from Amazon.

Let’s go on an adventure Ok?

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This chair from Target. I fell in love with it last year. It’s actually an outdoor chair. When I spotted it

again this year, I scooped it up, knowing it would be the perfect chair for this corner.

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One of my Design Assistants…

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Voila! My $15 light fixture. A wastebasket from Targets Dollar Spot + a light kit from World Market = very cool shadows on the wall.

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Part of my design plan was for this room to stay clutter free. I’m kinda loving the empty spaces.

If you missed it before, I painted the inside of this bookcase and used Peel and Stick wallpaper from Targets Devine Color by Valspar line on the back. This bookcase is solid wood and I still wanted it to shine and contrast with the white walls.

I love the transformation!

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Can we talk about this headboard? And it was not my first choice. I chose this after my first option sold out.

Well that worked out well.

It is faux leather but you would never know that. The brass metal frame and stitching make it look rich and beautiful. It attaches to the wall and doesn’t need a bed frame. It is the Tansy Headboard from Target.

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I had a whole plan for these closet doors where I would glue on what is actually underlayment and stain the panels. I wanted them to look more med-century. Turns out it would be hard to slide them on the tracks and they would be so different from everything else in our home. There’s not enough space to do a barn type door.

So I went a little commando…and it could have gone soooo wrong.

These are nice builder grade closet doors that have a faux wood grain on them. So I tested out some stain… a little patch, and then just went for it.

Surprise! It looked really good.

Two coats and some new handles, gave them a whole new look.

I will do a tutorial post on them in the near future. Game changer!

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Good Vibes Only!

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These IKEA sconces are really cute and don’t have to be hardwired. I dropped the cord, which is also really cute btw, down the back of the headboard and plugged them in to nearby outlets.

Six weeks, some sweat equity and some long days later.

What do you think?

I declare this room guest ready!

 
 
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I am so happy with how this turned out. I have to give a huge shout out to my husband John. I will tackle most things DIY but not electrical. He was my electrician, my finish painter, helped move furniture, rehung the sconces when they weren’t where they should be and was my cheerleader the whole time. On top of working crazy hours at his own job. Love you to pieces!

A little over six weeks ago I decided to participate in this Challenge. Since then I have had people tell me that they have been following along with the progress. Thank you so much to everyone that has cheered me on.

Your support has been amazing.

Fall 2019…I might be ready for another Challenge!

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Check out the lovely room reveals of the Featured Designers here and the other Guest Participants like me here!

There are truly some amazing room transformations in all styles.

Thank you to The One Room Challenge for hosting this creative and crazy design challenge!

One Room Challenge Week 5 - Down To The Wire

 

Wow guys!  It is Week 5 of the One Room Challenge.  I feel pretty good about where I am and panicked at the same time.

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Got a couple deliveries coming in hot. The shelf, light fixtures and headboard installed.

My DIY project this week was to makeover the little stool I got at the thrift store.  

This stool will always be the purchase that got me my first Senior Discount!  No really.

Little did I know that Tuesday’s you get a 20% discount if you’re over 55 at Community Hospice Hope Chest. The clerk was looking at me, trying to decide whether to take the risk and ask. Since I didn’t know there was a discount on Tuesdays, I thought she just really liked the lip color I had on as she studied me. But then she went there...very politely. I blurted out “yes” without thinking when she said, “you’re not 55 are you?” Yes. Yes I am! Loud and proud. So with my senior discount, my little stool cost a whopping $8! 😉 This is a high five when I’m trying to do this project on a budget.

All the discounts please.


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To give this stool a makeover I sanded a million layers of paint down.  

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I used a white spray paint with primer and gave it two coats.

Using a trash bag, I taped off the legs of this cutie and sprayed them gold to create that dip dyed look. 

 

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I flipped it and touched up a couple spots but it was a really quick project. 

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She’s feeling so much better about herself!

Next week is the big reveal for all the One Room Challenge participants. So its crunch time. The end game. Down to the wire. All the cliches. Agh… I want to show you so many things but all will be revealed for this little Guest Room makeover next Thursday.

Here we go…

Please follow the other exciting room reno projects here, check out the ORC blog for the featured designers and guests participants like me!

Follow along on my Instagram stories for more updates! 

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One Room Challenge Spring 2019 - Week 4

 
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Welcome to Week 4 of the Spring 2019 One Room Challenge. If your new here and want to know more about this Challenge…here’s a little recap.

“The One Room Challenge™, currently in its fifteenth season, is a widely anticipated biannual event every April and October. Each round, twenty design influencers are selected to take the challenge, as Featured Designers, and transform a space. Every Wednesday, the designers document their process while sharing their sources and professional advice over six weekly posts. In addition to following along, everyone with a blog or Instagram account, is welcome to join the fun as a Guest Participant by linking their own room transformations up during the six weeks. Each Thursday, the internet and social media are flooded with interior design inspiration, ideas, and encouragement.”

So that’s it in a nutshell.

This week started off with the day the internet died. As in we had no internet service all day. Comcast finally stopped giving a time as to when it would be back up. It was back up in the morning and then down again.

At first I was really frustrated…how did we exist before the internet.

I mean really?

Just kidding. I stomped around for a little bit. Then I just got super productive. I stenciled the whole navy wall and finished the bookcase. Maybe the internet should go down more often.

Turns out you can accomplish a lot when you’re not answering emails and mindlessly scrolling.

Wanna see where we are?


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Here’s where we left off with the bookcase.

It is solid wood and they don’t make ‘em like that anymore, so I wanted to re-purpose it.


 
 
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I used this removable peel and stick wall covering from Target as the backdrop.

It’s called Celestial and runs that line between boho and mid-century that I wanted. It was so much fun (*%#@ said sarcastically) to install by myself. Highly recommend a person to unroll and a person to smooth as you go.

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But I really love how it turned out!

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Seriously…all the heart eyes.

Now you want to see a sneak peek of the stenciled wall?

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The lighting is horrible with no window coverings.

It took a little playing around with this one. I originally tried to roll the paint on but that was no bueno! So back to the old stencil sponge brush. Yay! *sigh *

That’s all you get…gonna have to check in for Week 5 to see more!

Here’s where I am on my To Do List

  1. Window blind is ordered

  2. Got an idea for the closet doors I’m going to try

  3. Still need to decide on light fixture or ceiling fan

  4. A stool to sand and paint

    TWO WEEKS LEFT!

    Check out Week 1

    Week 2

    Week 3

    Go check out the 20 Featured Designer/Bloggers here and the other Guest participants here.

    You’ll love what you see!

 

One Room Challenge Spring 2019 - Week 3

 
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Week 3…its here already. Tick tock…

This week has been a lot of behind the scenes and waiting for things to be delivered. Cue the Jeopardy theme music. Do do do do do do do…did you just sing that in your head?

Walls are painted and the stencil arrived yesterday. It is so cool and I can’t wait to start applying it. We picked up the headboard, by we, I mean John since it wouldn’t fit in my car and then Target almost wouldn’t let him pick it up because he wasn’t listed as an alternate. That went over really well…

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I’m re-purposing the bookshelf to update it a little to be more midcentury style.

Here are a couple of my inspiration pics

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This bookcase has been a part of our home for awhile now…like years and years. It was purchased at a local furniture store and is real honest to goodness wood and actually has a twin that lives at our youngest daughters apartment. It is one nice bookcase that with a little love, can keep living its best life!

I love that the inspiration pics above combine paint and the actual wood.

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Bookcase Before and After One Coat of Paint

So here’s whats up in the next week…

  1. Stencil Navy wall

  2. Install shelf above headboard

  3. Install headboard

  4. Install sconces above headboard

Thanks for sticking with me so far…keep tuning in and also make sure to check out the Featured Designer Projects here and the other Guest Design Projects here.

If you need to catch up…click below:

By Design,

Michele